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    Archive: Internet of Things

    AT&T customers can ask Alexa to text a friend

    November 24th, 2016

    Customers of US telecoms giant AT&T can send text messages to up to 10 contacts using Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence assistant. The AT&T Send Message skill went live on 18 November allowing users to ask to text a friend, after which the assistant prompts them to say their message. The launch came on the same day that Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices were made available on the AT&T website and in its retail stores.

    Apple to develop iPhone connected digital glasses?

    November 16th, 2016

    Apple is looking at developing digital glasses connected wirelessly to a wearer’s iPhone, which would show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision and may use augmented reality, a report in Bloomberg suggests. Apple has talked about its glasses project with potential suppliers, according to people familiar with those discussions, the report adds. Should Apple ultimately decide to proceed with the device, it would be introduced in 2018 at the earliest.

    Samsung to add AI button to new smartphone

    November 9th, 2016

    Samsung is considering adding a dedicated button for an improved artificial intelligence feature for its next flagship smartphone, the Wall Street Journal reports. The latest internal prototypes of the premium Galaxy S8 handset include a button on the side edge that would be used to launch a beefed-up virtual assistant similar to Apple’s Siri. Samsung introduced a virtual-assistant service, S Voice, in 2012 in its Galaxy S3 smartphone but hasn’t announced any major updates to the service since.

    Mobile payments and IoT trends for smartwatches

    November 4th, 2016

    Internet of things, monitoring for insurance and mobile wallet expansion are three of the key emerging smartwatch app trends found in research by Parks Associates. Leading Smart Watch Apps: Insights into Wearable Use Cases also shows Apple Watch owners are more engaged with their devices than all other smartwatch owners. “The two primary smartwatch use cases are fitness tracking and notifications, but use cases such as mobile payments, smart home and security, and vehicle access are emerging,” says Chris Tweedt from Parks Associates.

    Gemalto and Alibaba to secure IoT market in China

    October 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is to provide connectivity and security to Alibaba’s YunOS internet of things (IoT) operating system which is “widely integrated” into mobile devices, and chips and sensors in connected cars and… More

    STMicroelectronics joins the NFC World partner program

    October 3rd, 2016

    NFC World today welcomes global semiconductor company STMicroelectronics as a member of our partner program. ST has one of the broadest portfolios of NFC solutions on the market, with offerings in controllers and secure elements… More

    Malibu equips 40,000 bottles with NFC tags for UK pilot

    August 30th, 2016

    Coconut rum maker Malibu has equipped 40,000 bottles with NFC tags. Drinkers will be able to tap their NFC device against a sunset image on the product packaging to access content and prize draws directly… More

    Luxury handbag maker uses NFC tags to counter fraud

    June 28th, 2016

    Owners of a handbag from Maria&Donato’s exclusive collection will soon be able to authenticate their purchase as well as discover information about the brand and buy limited-edition handbags online with a tap of their NFC device. More

    Amazon to expand Dash service despite “cool” response

    June 27th, 2016

    Amazon is to announce that it is adding “dozens of new brands” to its Dash push-button ordering devices despite “evidence that consumers are cool to them”, The Wall Street Journal reports. “Fewer than half of people who bought a Dash button since March 2015 have used it to place an actual order, estimates Slice Intelligence,” the publication says. “Those consumers who do order make a purchase roughly once every two months.” The Dash Replenishment Service was launched in January 2016.

    Bluetooth 5 set for release in late 2016

    June 21st, 2016

    The next Bluetooth release will be made available in “late 2016 to early 2017”, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has confirmed, following the unveiling of the Bluetooth 5 specification earlier this month. “Extending range… More

    French vineyard to safeguard its entire output with NFC

    June 21st, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The Geantet-Pansiot vineyard estate in Burgundy, France is to equip all of its wine bottles with an NFC tag to let its customers authenticate the beverage and receive information about the wine directly on their smartphone. More

    Jones adds NFC and QR codes to smart packaging with Tuku

    May 23rd, 2016

    Pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods companies can now add NFC tags and QR codes to packaging in order to send out messages, promotions and offers to their customers’ smartphones using an integrated solution developed by packaging provider Jones Packaging and mobile marketing specialist Tuku. More

    US Smart City Challenge adds NXP’s RFID tagging solutions

    May 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has expanded its Smart City Challenge initiative to include NXP’s RFID tagging solutions and smart card ICs. The addition of NXP RFID tagging will enable automatic vehicle… More

    Researchers bring sensing capabilities to paper using RFID

    May 13th, 2016

    Researches from the University of Washington, Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University have created a way to give a piece of paper sensing capabilities that enable it to respond to gesture commands and connect to the digital world using RFID tags that can be stuck, printed or drawn on the paper. More

    Disney cancels Infinity NFC game

    May 11th, 2016

    Disney has discontinued production of Disney Infinity, the NFC figurine based multi-platform video game that began shipping in August 2013. “We have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity,” the company confirms in a blogpost. “We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.”

    IoT security spending to reach $348m this year

    April 26th, 2016

    Worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach US$348m in 2016, a 23.7% increase from 2015 spending of $281.5m, Gartner predicts. “Spending on IoT security is expected to reach $547m in 2018,” the firm says. “Gartner predicts that IoT security market spending will increase at a faster rate after 2020.”

    Adobe prototype store uses RFID shopping bags

    April 11th, 2016

    Shoppers at Adobe’s prototype “store of the future” in Las Vegas are being given RFID chip-enabled shopping bags that allow them to purchase items simply by putting the bags on a checkout counter. “The bags automatically inventory any items put in them and then charge a customer’s credit card when they exit the store,” Fast reports. “Beacons in the store help the retailer identify the customer.”

    Consortium to develop NFC packaging across UK supply chain

    March 31st, 2016

    The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has formed a specialist consortium to create a UK manufacturing supply chain that will support the widespread adoption of NFC packaging.  More

    NFC and the IoT webinar — See it now on NFC World

    March 3rd, 2016

    NFC World’s ‘NFC and the IoT: How NFC can bring plug-and-play simplicity to smart homes and the Internet of Things’ webinar is now available to view online. 564 people signed up to take part in… More

    Take part in our ‘NFC and the IoT’ webinar today

    March 2nd, 2016

    NFC World’s educational webinar on NFC and how it can be used to lift IoT adoption by bringing plug-and-play simplicity to smart homes and the internet of things will be held today at 15:00 GMT. NFC and the IoT will be presented by NXP’s Pierre Goarin and there’ll be plenty of time for questions from the audience afterwards. Sign up to join the webinar here.

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